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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 3, 2011 6:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The last of the "very good" Grateful Dead shows

“The Dead were always greeted with open arms in Kesey’s backyard”.

Autzen Stadium Eugene August 21st & 22nd, 1993.

This weekend was not only a “tun of fun” the boys came out blazing from start to finish in what was arguably some of their better performances since the tragic passing of Brent Mydland on July 26th, 1990.

The Jer Bear admitted to having declined “without really paying attention to it” in 1992. He got busy working with his personal trainer in Nicasio and being the champion that he indeed was made what would turn out to be yet another comeback. Vinces time spent with Hornsby comes across in this recording.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd93-08-21.sbd.nawrocki.15035.sbeok.shnf

Perfect day, Healy had the system locked down and dialed, Jerry was sweet on his new guitar “Lightnin Bolt”. Saturday’s first set Bird Song > Promised Land closed strong. The second set Truckin > Schoolgirl w/Huey Lewis was fun, but the pinnacle moment of the afternoon was Standing on the Moon with Jerry delivering an amazing chorus of “I’d rather be with You” shredding on bending knees to the admiration of 50,000 sun drenched Autzen heads delivering absolute conviction of a song that many times didn’t come across well. Somewhere in San Francisco on a back porch in July indeed! As far as OMSN is concerned, pop in the 06/16/90 DVD from Shoreline!

Stephen Stills was in town performing this weekend but didn’t guest. The Dead had pretty much booked & secured an entire upper floor at the Hilton for the extended family which proved to be an obstacle for access which was tight because the Hilton was sold out to the fans that weekend.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1993-08-22.mtx.hansokolow.98235.flac16

Sunday’s show opened with a strong Jack Straw from Jerry as Weir’s guitar was on the fritz. Broken Arrow was poignant and Phil was mostly on pitch. Second Set Help > Slip delivered well and the relatively new nugget in rotation, The Days Between, mirrored an eerie darkness. I wish Jerry had found the space to refine this in the studio for posterity purposes. It’s good enough that Jer was still working on new themes in 1993.

http://www.dead.net/features/gd-radio-hour/grateful-dead-hour-no-261 Bird Song > Promised > Truckin > Schoolgirl > Smokestack

http://www.dead.net/features/grateful-dead-hour-no-262 Masterpiece > Ten Jed > Music Never Stopped

grateful-dead-hour-no-260 - not found Jack Straw > Broken Arrow > Althea > Help > Slip > Franklin's

Gans broadcast these highlights shortly thereafter on his radio program and frankly his source from these performances are some of the cleanest post 1990 recordings these ears have heard.

I have the tapes in boxes along with the other 999 Maxell and TDK cassettes assembled over the years. One day, I hope to break the Nak CR-7A out and transfer these to digital before the oxide turns to dust.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd93-12-18.sbd.ladner.20330.sbeok.shnf

The December 18th, 1993 Oakland Coliseum performance finds Jerry in good spirits, this recording demonstrates the overall purity and clarity of “Lightnin Bolt”. The second set China > Rider > Playin > UJB comes across well and it was a thrill to see Jer not go to break but stay on stage with Phil and the drummers for what was close to a 15 minute Drum > Jam. We were all smiles on the Coliseum floor, 10 rows back.

That was the key to the post Brent era, going to shows with friends having zero expectations and always having fun. On occasion, when the performance was good, well, that was simply icing on the cake! I guess the curmudgeons are bitter for the longing of Grateful Dead past, "who knows what darkness lurks in the evil hearts of men".

Other than a few local spinoff performances, this turned out to be my last Grateful Dead concert. The reports coming in during 1994 & 1995 were not pleasant, particularly what was going on with the audiences, inside and out. After 23 years vested and clocking well over 100 shows, I feel blessed to have a good and positive living memory of our musical hero.

“The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean!”.



This post was modified by dark.starz on 2011-06-04 01:11:10

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 4, 2011 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

I always wanted to love these Eugene shows but personally I find them flat on some level. The Sunday show is much better than Saturday.(especially when weir destroys his guitar during jack Straw because he's not getting the sound he wants.) It's probably me and my bias against Jerry's new guitar. These were shows where he broke it out and I have always been pissy about that new sound.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 5, 2011 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

Five years ago it was a beast?

Reviewer: lobster12 - - May 23, 2006
Subject: sotm
Fantastic version. One reviewer compares it to a 90's version of If i had the World to Give. I totally see that and would have loved for that tune to have been in the post space slot.

First set is well, nothing. Second set has some nice moments. But the SOTM is a beast.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 6, 2011 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

The standing on the moon is. I think the rest of my review is pretty consistent. Like I said, it's that guitar. Never a big fan

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 7, 2011 4:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

As previously stated, it's like wine and it all boils down to ones musical taste. Jerry's artistic & musical evolution was always impressive to these eyes & ears in every aspect over the four decades.

The one little trick of his that always blew my mind was his ability to go from strumming with a pick, tuck the pick inbetween his ring and little finger, finger pick with three fingers for a stretch, then bring the pick back up and shred!



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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 6, 2011 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

I see the drop off on certain songs. I'm a big Stagger lee guy and love the jam toward the end. Once Jerry switched guitars I noticed it didn't pack as much punch as it did before. The word "tinny" gets used a lot to describe and I wouldn't argue. It's all in ones taste I guess. I didn't like it but it supposedly was jerry's "dream guitar". Go figure.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 6, 2011 6:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

To my humble ears as the resolving power of the sound system increased so did the separation of the layers between Jerry and the keyboard, Bob, Phil & Drumz.

In terms of the music well it's anybody's guess. I mean if you go back as far as Louis Armstong in the 20's then proceed forward through the "big band" sound of the 40's the classic jazz, blues & Elvis period of the 50's into the folk period of the early 60's across the pond and then kicked back over to Dylan plugging in, throughout the classic period of 1967 in America and Britian forward > throughout the Seventies up until the evening Lennon was killed in 1980, the further technology evolved, the sooner the performance declined. Reel > LP > Cass > CD > PCM > PC.

That's why having the original tape that traveled across the tape head "in those days" is crucial. To get the proper balance between the middle, top and bottom end.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 3, 2011 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

September 1993 features some very strong moments in Richfield, culminating in the dooesy with David Murray at MSG...Garcia pulled together some great JGB shows in Laredo 93, check out 11-05 and 11-12, again with David Murray...94 had a couple of surges from Garcia, notably in March and October...

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jun 4, 2011 3:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

I agree very much about October 94. I think the 94 fall east coast tour is definitely the last great tour, and it is as good as anything else post-91. I think 10/5/94 is entitled to a place in "the pantheon" of essential shows.

In general I think the conventional wisdom that the post-retirement years are a steady decline and the 90s are unlistenable is a mishearing. I think that 76-94 are actually all about equally good/bad with peaks in 77 and 90. Despite its low reputation, I think 94 is mostly disliked because of the quasi-acoustic jerry tone, some problems with cutler's mixing habits and some heavy rotation of Easy Answers, Phil singing, and Vince tunes, and despite its high reputation, I think 78 is a year with a lot of really ugly, grating playing - all those solos with unnecessary fanning.

People often seem to express near-shame for discussing 90s Dead, but I think once you step outside the Sacred Garden of 68-74, there are different strengths and weaknesses in every year.

The idea that "older is better" has been established in deadhead circles forever, and I think the level of purely musical understanding is partially obscured by cultural issues. Everybody knows that the Acid Tests, the original SF ballrooms, the Fillmore East, have legendary status in the story of the band, and those who were fortunate enough to have experienced the first and strongest bolts of lightning are certainly testifying truly that it has "never been the same since!"

At the same time, the arc of the story - the themes of the 30-year symphony - stayed dynamic to the end, and I think that we can find some compelling narrative for the end days as well. The Ticketless Hordes and the Decline of Jerry may not put the same smile on your face that Pigpen did, but sorrow and darkness are a powerful theme in art, and in the band's music.

Along with the bright memories some have of Pig matchmaking the audience, the recollection of the spell of late Garcia ballads has a place. A lot of tenor's voices get "bigger" as they age and this held true for Jerry - the rasp cannot disguise the fact that the old & fat Jerry could make a much louder sound with his voice than he could in the early years, and he learned to use this to great effect in songs like Standing on the Moon, where he would dig deep into the "be with you" refrain and improvise with his voice, while the band was inspired to match his passion with almost orchestral crescendos.

The deterioration of "the scene" and Jerry's health problems served to make these moments all the more intense, because the hard-core of heads who deeply loved the band were hoping so hard for things to be OK, and sometimes at shows there was an almost palpable sense of "cmon Jerry, you can do it!" and a kind of ecstatic relief when he rose to the occasion and pulled out an intense "Stella Blue."

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 4, 2011 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

I agree that post-Brent, post 10-31-91, there was a drastic decline in the music. I can think of no show that as a whole, was strong throughout. None. Maybe something in the first set, maybe pre-drums, or post. However, most likely, a song or two for the whole show would stand out and sometimes one of them was Drums. I once held October '94 in much higher esteem then a do today. The 10-14 S/F & Corinna>Matilda, the 10-17-94 Eyes, I feel are very overrated, and they are the best of the bunch from October '94. I'll give 10-5 another listen. As an aside, I used to really like 7-20-94, but that has dropped as well. The scene had declined like the Haight in '68 by '94. Maybe I was less amenable to stupidity and much more sober.
I agree that the Jerry ballad slot had some amazing performances. Maybe some of the very best of all time for a particular songs. So Many Roads was a powerful song when he could hit it.



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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jun 4, 2011 10:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

I think 7/20/94 is one of those shows made by a single moment, the incredibly crisp "front porch banjo pickin" jam between Corrina and the first Matilda. It's one of those passages that hints at a wonderful musical direction that the band could have developed if Jerry had been able to get healthy. The semi-acoustic sound and an instrumental approach more related to the late grisman/garcia collaborations is like a fresh breeze, and the rhythms interlock so well. Then it seems like the jam is over and the band is leaving the stage, but Jerry is still following the thread of the idea and Vince picks it up, then the rest of the band and the first Matilda is such a light, casual, thing - it was like a butterfly landed on the stage and everybody was being careful not to scare it away.

In a lot of ways it was a very typical "Deer Creek moment" - every year from 89-94 the Creek shows would have a few moments that really sparkled, until the associations of the venue were stained by the gate-crashing jerks. It was like the band felt more relaxed there and was willing to let a jam open up.

The tape that made me a deadhead - the very first bootleg I heard, and one that I still absolutely love, was Deer Creek 7/18/90. I heard the tape of 2nd set in late 90 or early 91 as a pretentious teenager who thought rock music sucked, and I was just staggered by space->Other One and the Terrapin. It's been Beethoven, Schumann, and the Grateful Dead for me ever since...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 5, 2011 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

bkidwell, I find your posts well written and thought provoking. I am glad you choose to post here.
7-20-94 does hold some gems for me, but the whole show does not. I'll take away Peggy-O from the first set. Peggy-O lovers give it a shot. I used to love this version of Childhood's End, but it has turned in the bottle. The second set, for me, begins after the rain/sun foolishness w/Corinna.
I don't understand the animus towards this song. One of Weir's (and Mickey's) best later day contributions. (I wish I could describe this musically). The rhythm shifted in this song and it didn't quite sound the GD anymore. There were unusual cross-currents with the string players as well, especially w/ Jerry's penchant for Polynesian/ Hawaiian sounds in '94. Very different, unique Dead. It needs to be looked at again.
Onto the beautiful. No doubt about Matilda. One of the transcendental moments for just the reasons you describe. The UJB and MD post space are also highlights. I remember at the time the scene saying that this deliberate and well done UJB was a 'make-up' for the utter train wreak at Highgate. So, 5 high quality songs for '94. Some of the others aren't bad (BIODTL). Some are.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd94-07-20.sbd.darkstar.12596.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jun 5, 2011 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

Thank you very much for the kind words, you are one of the several really fine posters here in the forum that sets an example for thoughtful commentary that I try to live up to.

I agree that Corrina is an interesting song that sometimes led to jams that were exploring some new turf. I think some of the motivation for the style was just "well, if the drummers want to play everything like an afro-cuban war dance, lets give them an afro-cuban war dance" - its such a percussion heavy, simple rhythm focused groove.

The unpopularity I think is easy to understand - the song is too long and the repetitive backing vocal "slides" can really start to grate on the ear after awhile. I think if the singing part was over a couple minutes sooner, the song wouldn't have often felt like a drag. Several pieces of material in the last few years are burdened with similar problems, where the song has 3 verses, 3 choruses, 2 bridges and a lot of the same backing vocal lines sung many times.

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 4, 2011 9:41pm
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if i could store thees much infomation micah i would hafta build an infomation-storing store ;)

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 4, 2011 9:45pm
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u would not be able 2 afford the taxes splue

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 4, 2011 9:45pm
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"blow me"--ducats

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 4, 2011 9:47pm
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LOL

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jun 4, 2011 10:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' jihad

jihad is not just for little kids anymore

senior citizen kane

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 4, 2011 11:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' jihad

Where have all our Jihadist's vids gone? I bet quasim got killed.

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 4, 2011 11:55pm
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i m waiting 4 a micah6vs8 veedio----hmmmmmm????

plz no twerking :D

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 5, 2011 12:09am
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http://www.archive.org/details/Prozim-AfricanButtDance291


not appropriate for dark star, no matter

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 5, 2011 12:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'vry very good'

thank God (sry godhaters) NC ur here 2 restore the comedy of the forum (sry micah)


now if only i can get this tv to stop showing thees crzy forum


ok, cue the ducats




"blow me"--duvatz




sry we could only afford the duvatz, a jewish knockoff


its so reassuring & nice 2 get that message from duvatz, makes me feel
like i wandered into a little "film" in west hollywood

oh well, one can dream (again, sry micah);)






http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-06.113808.kbfh.fm.tamarkin.flac16


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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 4, 2011 11:39pm
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I am very against comedy or laughter of any kind.

http://tinyurl.com/2katke

Special for you NC.

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 5, 2011 12:55am
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dear micah, plz talk 2 NC about his latest veedio--theres so much f===in in it, its probably XXX by mormon standards

i think he needs 2 unplug cable tv!!!! ;D

i found a good gd show so ill post it so i dont become known
as "that splue ^%^%$%#"---o, 2 late



http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-06.113808.kbfh.fm.tamarkin.flac16

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jun 24, 2011 2:23pm
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eewwww, the thin lips, the sharp hateful "i am funny, believe it" vibe... hot

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Poster: splue Date: Jun 24, 2011 8:23pm
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i think her eyebrows r sorta hot---is that weird????

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Jun 6, 2011 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

Love this post. You've expressed my feelings to a "T"

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 4, 2011 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last of the 'very good' Grateful Dead shows

Gans was working with Healy this weekend providing a local FM broadcast of these performances similar to the spring and summer of 1988.

The available IA links to these August 93 shows undermine the amount of musical information captured, that's why the links to the GD Hour @ Dead.Net were linked as well. The purity and sonic clarity of Gans Masters are impeccable, particularly for an outdoor performance.

As always, the closer you get to the soul of a performance the easier it is to let go of the judgement and connect with the music. It was awesome to experience Jerry in such a strong state of health so late in his career. Any show attended will always hold a personal bias, yes?

As far as "Tigerbolt" is concerned, strumming a guitar is easy, it's the incredible amount of clarity delivered from this instrument providing a crystal clear window into the amazing finger picking and lead guitar scales, runs, string bending and shredding that Garcia was indeed a master of.

One day, down the road, CM will be handed these shows and consistent with CM's heart & good nature will upload for all and i'd recommend that you put an ear on these recordings.




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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 4, 2011 5:55pm
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"It was awesome to experience Jerry in such a strong state of health so late in his career."

How would you know Kochman? Jer already had one foot in his grave by the time you got on the bus.


"Any show attended will always hold a personal bias, yes?"

No, nNot if it was a real stinker from the 1980's...

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jun 4, 2011 7:16am
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Nicely put.